Backup to spare drive (rsync / crontab)

drcubi at drcubi at
Fri Jan 30 18:46:14 GMT 2009

I am using rsync and crontab to perform scheduled backups on FreeBSD AMD64 Rel. 7.0

I am following process described here for rsync :

I have a backup script's created for daily, weekly, monthly.
This is one example  -  the daily  (/backup is a seperate physical drive) :

#daily backup script
rsync -a --delete /usr/home/data/Access/ /backup/daily/Access
rsync -a --delete /usr/home/data/Templates/ /backup/daily/Templates
rsync -a --delete /usr/home/QBdata/ /backup/daily/QBdata
rsync -a --delete /usr/home/reception1/ /backup/daily/reception1
rsync -a --delete /usr/home/reception2/ /backup/daily/reception2
rsync -a --delete /usr/home/reception3/ /backup/daily/reception3
rsync -a --delete /usr/home/data/Files/ /backup/daily/Files

All files created where chmod'd with +x, then I test the scripts by running them manually and all three, daily, weekly & monthly work fine.

Final step, I add to root crontab, by using :

crontab -e 

I added following lines :

1       23       30      *       *       /usr/local/sbin/backup/monthly
1       21       *       *       0       /usr/local/sbin/backup/weekly
1       23       *       *       1-5     /usr/local/sbin/backup/daily

crontab -l shows all is OK as well.

But the scheduled backups never happen. I must be doing something wrong, but can't figure out what.

All help would be gratefully appreciated. Not sure if this is an rsync issue or a FreeBSD / Crontab issue.

Thank you,





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